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Top North Carolina Health Official: GOP Should 'Plan For The Worst' For Convention

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:10

Dr. Mandy Cohen said mass gatherings like the Republican convention will be a "very big challenge" if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the state, as they are currently.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Touts 4-Day Week To Boost Domestic Tourism

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:03

A shorter work week to encourage travel? Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it's an idea worth considering as the island nation emerges from its coronavirus lockdown.

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3-Star Michelin Chef Guy Savoy Has Begun Offering Takeout In Paris

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:58

As France emerges from two months of lockdown, restaurants still have no reopening date. Among other dishes, Savoy is offering a poultry ballotine with foie gras in a truffle vinaigrette for takeaway.

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Trump Administration To Planned Parenthood: Return Coronavirus Relief Funds

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 15:36

The Small Business Administration is asking local Planned Parenthood affiliates to return funds received under a coronavirus relief program.

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DeVos Faces Pushback Over Plan To Reroute Aid To Private School Students

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:53

The U.S. education secretary has told public K-12 schools they should use their coronavirus relief money to help private school students, too.

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Trump Officials Ordered To Pay More Legal Costs Over Blocked Citizenship Question

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:47

Trump officials failed to turn over hundreds of files before going to trial over the now-blocked citizenship census question. "This was not DOJ's finest hour," a judge said.

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Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:31

Federal forecasters expect 3 to 6 major hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 1. Rising seas and a warmer climate make storms of all sizes more damaging.

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U.S. Sends Ventilators To Russia In $5.6 Million Coronavirus Aid Package

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:31

The U.S. government delivers 50 American-made ventilators on Thursday and will send another 150 next week.

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Pandemic Makes Evident 'Grotesque' Gender Inequality In Household Work

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:26

With more people staying home due to COVID-19, journalist Brigid Schulte says it's impossible to ignore "the fact that women bear so much more of the burden of child care and housework."

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NCAA Says College Football, Basketball Workouts Can Resume June 1

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:15

Each school and conference will be free to decide how to safely resume athletic operations, the NCAA Division I Council says.

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In New York City, 2 Million Residents Face Food Insecurity, Officials Say

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:54

"Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Now, 1 in 4 New Yorkers may be going hungry.

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China Poised To Expand Control Over Hong Kong

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:52

The renewed push from China to pass a national security law will almost certainly set off more protests against Beijing's rule in Hong Kong, which is semi-autonomous.

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Michael Cohen Released From Prison Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:59

President Trump's former attorney will be placed in home confinement. Thousands of federal inmates have been released to home confinement since March due to concerns about coronavirus exposure.

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Macy's Sees A $1.1 Billion Loss, While Pandemic Lifts 'Essential' Stores Like Walmart

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:22

Temporary store closures during the pandemic hammered nonessential retailers, including Kohl's, T.J. Maxx and Victoria's Secret. Shoppers also dramatically cut back on buying clothes.

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U.S. Could Have Saved 36,000 Lives If Social Distancing Started 1 Week Earlier: Study

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:34

If measures that began on March 15 had actually started on March 8, thousands of COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided, according to an analysis from Columbia University.

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Getting An Antibody Test For The Coronavirus? Here's What It Won't Tell You

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:28

As more and more people get tested for antibodies to the coronavirus, infectious disease specialists worry that those tested — and their employers — may not understand the limits of the results.

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli To Plead Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:10

Loughlin is facing two months in prison and a $150,000 fine, according to the recommendations of the plea agreement. Her husband is facing a five month prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

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'Between Life And Death': McDonald's Worker Says Pandemic Puts Safety In Focus

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:46

In his 30 years working at McDonald's, Bartolomé Perez joined several strikes to demand higher wages and better benefits. But the stakes have felt very different during the coronavirus pandemic.

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All-Girl Robotics Team In Afghanistan Works On Low-Cost Ventilator ... With Car Parts

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:18

Automated ventilators are expensive. Hand-operated ventilators require a lot of labor. So these teens are on a quest to create a mechanized bag-valve-mask that'll do the job.

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38.6 Million Have Filed For Unemployment Since March

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:36

The United States is still losing jobs at an alarming pace two months after the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Another 2.4 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week.

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